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Meet the Board


The Board of Trustees



Lowell Williams

Lowell has a distinguished career in further education spanning the past 30 years.  He led South Leicestershire College to Ofsted outstanding and Beacon Award status in June 2007, and became Principal of Dudley College in March 2008.  

Chief Executive Officer of Dudley College until December 2019, Lowell is currently  Chair of the Board of Trustees of the  Dudley Academies Trust, a multi academy trust comprising four local secondary schools, sponsored by Dudley College, which commenced operations in September 2017.  During his tenure at Dudley College, Lowell previously led the organisation  through three successful Ofsted inspections, culminating in the award of ‘outstanding’ in 2017.

Lowell also represents educational providers as a member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and chairs the Further Education Skills and Productivity Group for the West Midlands region.  Lowell is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange.  In addition, Lowell chairs the AoC Devolution and Responsiveness Policy Group and is a member of the HS2 Jobs and Skills Regional Task Group.

In 2017, Lowell was immensely proud to be awarded the title Principal of the Year at the Education Awards 2017.


Deputy Chair

Fiona Toye

Fiona retired as Chief Executive and Director of Toye Kenning & Spencer, a historical Midlands firm manufacturing in Birmingham and Bedworth using traditional methods as well as latest technology.  



During her business career she was a founding member of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and Business Improvement District, among other industry roles.

She is currently Chair of the Governing Body of Exhall Grange Specialist School in Coventry.

Fiona’s interests include manufacturing and design, history and education.

/media/about/library/j_d5a_6829-custom.jpgJonathan Badyal

Jonathan is Head of Communications at Universal Music UK, where he works across all aspects of the company’s internal and external communications. He is also on the Board of the Roundhouse. 

He previously spent five years advising former Culture & Digital Economy Minister Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, and his successor, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP on policy and communications. 

His passion for music came to the fore during his time working at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Although knowledgeable and well connected across every facet of British culture, from film to fine art, he became a vocal champion of British music, and especially British urban music. 

Jonathan grew up in Wolverhampton and was educated at Heath Park and Wolverhampton Grammar School. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham before going on to study a Masters in Political Science.

/media/about/library/duncan-bedhall-6.jpgDuncan  Bedhall

Duncan is Partner & Head of Commercial Property at Fisher German, specialising in industrial and office properties, commercial property investment, and strategic portfolio advice. He studied at Oxford Polytechnic and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1990.

Duncan has deep roots in the Black Country, coming from a family of chain makers from Cradley Heath. His interests include British history, motorbikes and sailing. He is also a local Committee member of the Young Farmers Club.

/media/about/library/140704_230_belford_picture.jpgDr. Paul Belford

Paul is a professional archaeologist with particular enthusiasm for public and community engagement. He has over 20 years' experience of managing archaeology and cultural heritage projects in the UK & overseas, and considerable experience in the work of educational charities. His research interests include ferrous industries, industrial society and workers' housing.

/media/about/library/parminder-dosanjh-custom.jpgParminder Dosanjh 

Parminder, Creative Director at Creative Black Country, has been designing and developing audience development initiatives for over fifteen years.  

Since graduating in Arts Management and Fine Art, Parminder has introduced innovative ways of working across sectors and has catalyst impressive collaborations. She has commissioned pioneering arts projects locally, nationally and internationally with the BBC, managed Arts Council England national portfolio organisations, and has produced projects with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Radio 4, The Leicester Haymarket Theatre (now the CURVE), the New York Asia Society, and several UK leading artists.  She is passionate about arts and broadcast and likes a good story.


/media/about/library/nicola-harding-photo2.jpgNicola Harding 

Nicky has 18 years’ experience in Museum and Exhibition Design, implementation and education.  She has a keen interest in the development of the visitor experience within museums, expanding this interest through her current teaching role in Interior Design at De Montfort University by directing live projects with students and providing specialist knowledge in Museum and Exhibition design. 

Nicky previously worked as a Senior Project Designer at Haley Sharpe Design in Leicester, followed by a freelance design role at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Galleries whilst studying for her Masters in Museum Studies.

Nicky holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and BA (Hons) in Museum & Exhibition Design from the University of Lincoln and is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education to support her teaching practice.

/media/about/library/160309_230_nick_loveland_pic1.jpgNick Loveland

Nick is currently Chief Operating Officer of Performances Birmingham Ltd (PBL), the charitable trust that operates Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall, where he has led on cultural transformation following a major staffing restructure, introduced a large number of initiatives to the catering offer (increasing income by 40%), and is the primary point of contact for new trustees. 

Nick has worked for Symphony Hall Birmingham and PBL since 1991, and was the only member of the former senior management team to be offered a senior role in the new organisational structure.  He also project managed the refurbishment of Birmingham Town Hall, developed PBL’s environmental strategy and is currently developing PBL’s five year organisational business plan. 

Nick was appointed to the Environmental Leadership Group of Julie’s Bicycle (via Arts Council England) in June 2015 and is an appointed Director of Birmingham  Westside Business Improvement District. Nick became Chair of the Museum’s Enterprise Company in July 2016.

/media/about/library/131007_230_malcolm_dick.jpgDr. Malcolm McKinnon Dick OBE

Malcolm is the Director for the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham with a particular interest in the social and industrial history of Birmingham and the Black Country since 1700.  In this role Malcolm manages the MA in West Midlands History. 

Malcolm has written and contributed to several books and publications concerning the history of the West Midlands with special reference to the Midlands Enlightenment of the late 18th century, the development of Birmingham and the Black Country and the history of ethnic minority communities; and he supported and assisted the Museum in securing Designation by Arts Council England.  

Malcolm has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to History in the West Midlands.

/media/about/library/christine-perks-custom-custom.jpg Councillor Christine Perks

Christine retired from a career in the NHS and Social Services to become a Councillor for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Amblecote Ward (where she was lead for ‘Amblecote in Bloom’).  She has been Councillor for Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews Ward since 2012. 

Christine has been a trustee of the Netherton Regeneration Group since its inception in 2000, and a member of the Friends of Netherton Park, also since 2000.  She is passionate about community improvements and environmental projects. 

Christine has also been an active volunteer since 1980; working with children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, as a youth worker, as a Friend of the Black Country Living Museum and as a member of the Netherton Tenants and Residents Association and Community Forum.  She is also a School Governor at Northfield Road Primary School, Netherton. 

Christine’s personal interests include gardening, local history and archaeology. 

/media/about/library/131007_230_mike_williams.jpgMike S Williams

Mike Williams has been associated with the Museum for about eighteen years.

Now semi-retired, Mike was employed as Director of Finance at Dudley MBC for over fifteen years, and prior to that held senior finance positions with Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands County Council.

With a wide range of personal interests, he is also a Board Member of the Midlands Arts Centre, a Trustee of the Chamberlain Highbury Trust, a member of the Board of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Chair of Warwickshire Cricket Board, and Trustee of a local charity.

/media/about/library/img_2040.pngCouncillor Matt Follows

Councillor Matt Follows joins the Board as the representative for the Association of Black Country Authorities (ABCA). 

Matt has been a local Councillor for Bloxwich West in Walsall since 2015, championing his hometown and promoting local heritage.  He has helped lead various projects including launching the official Bloxwich Flag and promoting the town’s historical features and green spaces. 

Matt is a member of Walsall Museums and Art Galleries Development Trust, supporting The New Art Gallery in Walsall.  

He holds an MA in Contemporary History from the University of Birmingham. 


Did you know?

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The Malins family started the Birmingham based Mamod company in 1939. The name Mamod is derived from Malins Models.



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